Tuesday, October 22, 2013

October 20, 2013 Living Within Culture: The Word of God Written on our Hearts

There are so many different things written on our hearts - in fact the cultures in which we live often shape what is written on our hearts.  But we are a people who are called to live within culture, live within the world exhibiting a life-giving reality among the many life-inhibiting realities all around us.

As God's people we come living in the presence of the Spirit because we have a different reality written on our hearts - the Word of God in its many manifestations - God's Word, the embodied Word of Jesus, the written word of Scripture and the declared word of proclamation in the power of the Spirit.  We participate with God in God's transforming mission in the world as we live in light of the Word of God written on our hearts and minds.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

October 13, 2013 The God Who Comes - Living in God's Presence

We often think about our mission as God's people as "Going" into all the world.  However, when we think of God, we always think of God coming to us.  Often in our going, we are perceived as being ones with an agenda - we come in and leave and go on about doing our thing.

How might we be seen as a community which "comes" to the ones to whom we are sent?  By coming as God comes.

Jeremiah offers us some insights as we explore Jeremiah 29: 1, 4-7.  Settling down in a place puts us in a posture where we focus more on coming than "going."

Link to Message:  The God Who Comes: Living in God's Presence